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Extra, Extra: Almost Emergencies, Rob Ford and Bill Clinton, and Klingon Politicians

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  • Global News is reporting that Deputy City Manager John Livey initially intended to ask Mayor Rob Ford to declare a state of emergency after the ice storm hit Toronto on December 21—”largely because,” he wrote in an internal email, “it will assist the staff at the Province to make resources available to us, crews, generators, facilities for warming centres.” Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly said today that he assumes City staff ended up deciding against doing so—after the mayor had made it clear he had no intention of issuing such a declaration—”because they felt they had enough resources on the ground at that time.”
  • Yesterday, Rob Ford filed his papers to run for re-election. Today, Ivor Tossell has written an article explaining why it remains possible that Ford will win re-election, and just what our mayor has common with Bill Clinton.
  • What we do not yet have at City Hall (as far as we know) is a politician who is familiar with the Klingon language. Indian Trail, North Carolina, though, has such a politician—we know this because the politician in question, town council member David Waddell, wrote his entire resignation letter in that very language. The town’s mayor apparently dismissed the document as “unprofessional.”

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